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Tuesday, 2 September 2014


For those who might not be aware there is to be a referendum on the 18 September on whether Scotland should become an independent nation state.  The two 'sides' are divided into the 'Yes' camp and the 'Better Together' or 'No Thanks' camp.

On the way home this afternoon from the house that Gaz is building, Gaz and I came across an Island in the middle of a loch a few hundred metres from the roadside.  It's one thing for Scotland to want independence but I think this is going just a bit too far:

I should add that I took a few photos of record from near the road but Gaz bounded across the moor to get some 'proper' photos with lots of good Scottish heather in the foreground.  Given the dull weather I thought these were pretty darn good.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Reflections of New Zealand: Kayaking

James and Yuko took me under their wing one Monday in 2011.  I had never been kayaking and the opportunity to wander up the Waimapu River at Tauranga was one not to be missed.  It was not, I have to admit, executed without incident.

Setting off upstream
Recent floods have left the river blocked in places and careful negotiation of the hazards was needed
At the end of the journey was a huge swimming hole with a rope swing between the (very high) trees
Which both of the youngsters tried - I didn't!
Returning - a quiet journey.  Almost......
On the return journey we had to negotiate a couple of fallen trees which were blocking all but about a metre of the river which it was possible to get man and kayak through successfully with a very small area adjacent where the tree was out of the water sufficiently for a kayak to pass but not the occupant however low he or she should lean back.  I was, of course, the one who managed to misjudge the fast-flowing current sufficiently to go under the low bit and consequently end up in the water.  The river was deeper than I was tall with a very steep adjacent bank so I had to swim for the other side. Next time I'll wear togs!  Fortunately James and Yuko rescued the kayak and brought it over to me.  The weather was so hot that the rest of the journey was actually rather pleasant.

The photos were taken by James with whom copyright rests.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Fashion: Really?

An email from John Lewis containing this image dropped into my inbox a couple of days ago.  I know that I'm not into suits nor fashion these days but, really, is this what Savile Row now regards as suits for the fashionable?

Saturday, 30 August 2014

My Last Climb of The Clisham

On a day in March 2004 Gaz and I had planned to climb The Clisham: the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides, at 799 metres (2,621 ft) the archipelago's only Corbett  Not long previously we had climbed Ben Lomond: at 974 metres (3,196 ft) and situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros.   My photos, however, show the former on one of the most glorious of days.  

For Gaz, who the previous week had climbed Mont Blanc, this was just a  stroll in the park.